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Stay up to date with the latest brain injury news and headlines. These headlines are also available by email and RSS. | Nov 10, 2008

The Defense Department is investigating new treatments as part of a focused, sustained campaign to assist wounded warriors suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury.

Air Force Link | Nov 10, 2008

The San Antonio Military Medical Center Hyperbaric Center and the Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine received funding to study the effects of hyperbaric oxygen therapy on mild to moderate traumatic brain injuries.

Herald Sun, Melbourne City, Australia | Nov 10, 2008

The same drug that gives cheating cyclists an unfair advantage will be used in Melbourne hospitals in a world-first attempt to save people who have been in accident or who have been assaulted from severe brain damage.

Sports Illustrated | Nov 10, 2008

There were two moments of pin-drop silence on a recent Saturday afternoon at Ridgewood (N.J.) High's football field. The first was when several hundred heads bowed in memory of Ryne Dougherty, a junior Montclair linebacker who died recently; he had suffered a brain hemorrhage while making a tackle in a JV game, less than a month after suffering a concussion in practice. The second came when senior quarterback Luke Iovine had scrambled toward the right sideline as a wave of Ridgewood defenders washed over him, one of them putting a helmet right on his. Iovine lay motionless on the grass, a faint streak of maroon paint splashed across his white helmet.

The Hartford Courant | Nov 10, 2008

Occasionally, Teresa Trojanowski thinks about what might have been, about whether her son, T.J., might have played hockey or football, or about when he would have gotten his driving license or had a first date. But those hopes for a normal life for her son barely had time to root before T.J. was profoundly injured at 28 days old, with 85 percent of his brain damaged. The cause? He was severely shaken as an infant by his father.

Star Bulletin, Honolulu | Nov 10, 2008

A scenic Big Island drive 31/2 years ago ended tragically for a Washington couple when they rounded a bend on Kawaihae Road to find a drunken driver coming at them in their lane. Dr. Wade Justice, a neuroradiologist, is still fighting his way back to a normal life after near-fatal injuries.

Gaston Gazette, North Carolina | Nov 10, 2008

East Gaston senior linebacker Chris Williams returned home this week after a serious head injury. Three other football players in North Carolina weren't as fortunate.

The News Tribune, Tacoma, WA | Nov 10, 2008

Bret DiFrancesco bears unseen scars of war. “I don’t sleep much anymore,” the specialist stationed at Fort Lewis said. “Just a couple of hours if I’m lucky.” DiFrancesco, 29, also is recovering from an injury that disrupted his sense of balance. At the worst point of his injury, jogging led to motion sickness and staircases became nightmares.

The New York Times | Nov 10, 2008

Kevin Blanchard's freshman year at George Washington University was unlike anybody else’s on campus. Crowded classrooms routinely sent him into a panic. Cubicles triggered tunnel vision. He felt alienated from the 18-year-olds around him and their antics. His leg throbbed as he wandered the campus, trying to remember where to go. His concentration whipsawed and the words he read in textbooks slipped easily from his memory, the result of a mild traumatic brain injury.

Herald Sun, Melbourne City, Australia | Nov 10, 2008

Police are still hunting for thugs who gate-crashed a Halloween party and "king-hit" a teenager, who later died from a serious brain injury.

USA Today | Oct 28, 2008

Post-traumatic stress disorder, once a poorly understood and little-known mental health problem, is turning up on the public's radar a lot more as growing numbers of Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans seek treatment for the illness.

The Ledger-Enquirer | Oct 28, 2008

Marshall Dial sits at the picnic table and slides packages of chocolate wafers and licorice sticks to his friend, a fellow Iraq war veteran. “They didn’t have MoonPies,” Dial says. His friend looks at the packages without expression. He doesn’t open them. He and Dial both have traumatic brain injuries caused by roadside bombs, and both suffer post-traumatic stress.

The London Free Press | Oct 28, 2008

Repeated kicks to the head changed the life of Jamie Fairles in 2005. The 28-year-old University of Western Ontario graduate dreamed of a career in the film business -- or perhaps teaching -- before he was brutally assaulted. The incident lasted a few minutes, but left Fairles with a lifetime of consequences.

The Seattle Times | Oct 28, 2008

CindyLou Romberg, of Port Angeles, suffers from a rare condition called Foreign Accent Syndrome, which makes her sound like she has a European accent. She'll be featured in an episode of the Discovery Health Channel's "Mystery ER" show.

San Francisco Business Times | Oct 22, 2008

A national research group based at the San Francisco VA Medical Center and headed by a UC San Francisco faculty member has won a $6 million biomedical technology grant from the National Institutes of Health. The grant will be used to improve equipment used to diagnose and track neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and traumatic brain injuries.

EmaxHealth | Oct 22, 2008

Three-and-a-half years ago, Wade Justice, a radiologist and leader in the medical community, suffered a TBI when he was hit by a drunk driver. He was told he would never practice medicine again, but later became a teacher. "I always felt I had an inclination for teaching but never had the time to pursue it. It's like I've been picked up from the ashes like a phoenix and been reborn," he said.

The Capistrano Dispatch | Oct 22, 2008

When Shelley Brose toured her son's soon-to-be college, she thought the skateboard-friendly campus was a plus. Now, a year later, she's thinking the opposite. Her son, Nick, fell while skating down a ramp on campus. He wasn't wearing a helmet and he hit his head. He suffered two skull fractures and was airlifted to the hospital.

ABC | Oct 22, 2008

A gregarious shell fisherman in the Cape Cod town of Wellfleet, MA, hitched a ride with a friend after a town parade, but chose to do so by hanging on to the back of the friend's pickup truck on his skateboard. After losing control of the skateboard, the then 26-year-old flew into the air and landed directly on the left side of his head, an accident which resulted in a traumatic brain injury.

The New York Times | Oct 22, 2008

A Montclair (NJ) High School football player who died Wednesday told a teammate that he still had postconcussion symptoms after he was cleared by doctors to return to play.

The Charlotte Observer | Oct 22, 2008

For people with brain injuries, Hinds' Feet Farm in Huntsville, NC, offers a safe, holistic haven.

The Tribune-Democrat | Oct 22, 2008

Combining two Johnstown, PA, programs for treating wounded veterans will allow expanded services in a seamless continuum of care, leaders say. "This is significant because we can provide more services for those from mild to severe traumatic brain injury," said Dr. George Zitnay of Westmont, co-founder of the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Centers.

San Antonio Express-News | Oct 22, 2008

Less than three years after suffering a serious brain injury while covering the war in Iraq, ABC newsman Bob Woodruff and his journalist wife, Lee, recently brought a poignant story of suffering and recovery to San Antonio.

Stars and Stripes | Oct 22, 2008

Nearly four years after Tammy Duckworth lost her legs in Iraq, she is breaking new ground in her role as director of the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs. She has started a program that helps veterans and service members get help for post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injuries.

West Virginia Public Broadcasting | Oct 22, 2008

The Blanchette Rockefeller Neurosciences Institute in Morgantown, WV, dedicated a $30M research facility on Friday, October 17. The building can ultimately support 125 scientists working on treatments for Alzheimer's, stroke, traumatic brain injury, mental retardation, post-traumatic stress disorder, substance addictions, and rejuvenation of the aging brain.

The Mercury News, Silicon Valley | Oct 14, 2008

Former 49er, Ben Lynch knows that when people hear that he's donated his brain, it opens some eyes. His goal is to help scientists learn more about mild traumatic brain injury and help athletes manage their own brain injuries.

Ottawa Citizen | Oct 14, 2008

Doctors gave downhill ski racer Dave Irwin an 11 percent chance of survival, but he beat those odds and wants to help others avoid a crash like his.

WCTV, Tallahassee, FL | Oct 14, 2008

Preliminary results reveal as many as 70 percent of severely wounded soldiers treated for traumatic brain injuries also complain of double vision, difficulties reading, and blindness.

Canadian Broadcasting Centre News | Oct 14, 2008

More than half of the people who are homeless in Toronto are suffering from a traumatic brain injury, according to a new study that suggests early diagnosis and treatment may help stem the number of homeless people in major cities.

Deseret News, Utah | Oct 14, 2008

Trevor McCauley was just a little boy walking by a horse corral when his life changed. The horse, 17 hands high, had already kicked over the top of some fencing when it landed a hoof against the 10-year-old's skull.

Orlando Business Journal | Oct 14, 2008

Orlando Health was awarded a $2.25 million grant from The National Institutes of Health to study traumatic brain injury, with a goal of devising a blood test to detect biomarkers -- substances released from the brain after it has been damaged. These biomarkers could potentially indicate the seriousness of a head injury.

Army Times | Oct 14, 2008

In response to a recent report that found hundreds of thousands of combat veterans living with undiagnosed traumatic brain injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a bill providing screening and mental health care for California war veterans.

The Leaf Chronicle | Oct 14, 2008

Each of the projected 12,500 soldiers from Fort Campbell returning in the next few months from a 15-month deployment will go through a post-deployment health assessment aimed at identifying physical and psychological injuries that might otherwise go unnoticed.

The Indy Star | Oct 14, 2008

A hearing officer appointed by the Department of Education ruled Monday that Michael Berns, who has a traumatic brain injury, doesn't need both sessions of kindergarten, though the boy's neuropsychologist says he does. His parents plan to appeal the court ruling.

New Jersey Star-Ledger | Oct 14, 2008

A Paterson, New Jersey, hospital is hosting a meeting to discuss the latest techniques in the treatment of brain injuries and to come up with a formal proposal to Congress on what more must be done to treat the estimated 320,000 troops who have suffered brain injuries of varying degrees.

Technology Review, MIT | Oct 14, 2008

Researchers are developing a cheap, lightweight plastic strip that can be worn on a soldier's helmet to help diagnose brain injury.

Bay City News Service | Oct 6, 2008

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's office announced his signature on eight bills last Tuesday that extend services and expand care for California veterans and National Guardsmen.

MarketWatch | Oct 6, 2008

According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, there are approximately 24 million veterans currently living in the United States. With a significant number of these individuals suffering from physical or psychological disabilities, a newly launched organization is offering recreational fishing retreats to wounded veterans and families of fallen soldiers to assist them in their healing process.

The Cincinnati Enquirer | Oct 6, 2008

Researchers at University Hospital and the University of Cincinnati will lead a nearly $2 million research project looking at how traumatic brain injuries spread. The study is funded by the Department of Defense.

Stars and Stripes | Oct 6, 2008

Approximately 120 service members and veterans who have suffered traumatic combat wounds requiring lifelong care have begun to see the benefits of having a Federal Recovery Coordinator assigned to help them.

The Taranaki Daily News, New Zealand | Oct 6, 2008

After a severe traumatic brain injury, one young woman from New Zealand realized that hopping on the back of a motorcycle without a helmet is something no one should ever do.

The Los Angeles Times | Oct 6, 2008

A 12-bedroom facility -- the second of its kind -- allows family members to stay close to loved ones who are being treated at the Naval Medical Center San Diego, many for traumatic brain injuries.

The Boston Globe | Oct 6, 2008

More schools in Massachusetts and other states are instituting mental agility tests which help gauge whether an athlete has recovered from a concussion.

Medical News Today | Sep 30, 2008

Researchers at Georgetown University Medical Center have discovered a new way to limit inflammation caused by the activation of microglia -- key immune cells in the brain. Although the role of such cells is to "clean up damage" after injury, they often worsen the damage by releasing toxic inflammatory factors.

The New York Times | Sep 30, 2008

This week's "Modern Love" column features a woman who talks about her life after her 79-year-old husband fell nine feet from their sleeping loft and sustained a traumatic brain injury.

Sarasota Herald Tribune | Sep 30, 2008

The federal government has increased funding for treatment and research of traumatic brain injury and, last week, announced an increase in disability benefits for veterans with such injuries.

The Daily Toreador, Texas Tech University | Sep 24, 2008

A college student chooses speech-language pathology as a career because of the speech therapy she received while recovering from a severe traumatic brain injury.

Erie Times News | Sep 24, 2008

In Pennsylvania, an increasing number of motorcycle riders are suffering serious and even fatal brain injuries since, in 2003, the state stopped requiring them to wear protective helmets.

USA Today | Sep 24, 2008

The government plans to substantially increase disability benefits for veterans with mild traumatic brain injuries, acknowledging for the first time that veterans suffering from this less severe version of the Iraq war's signature wound will struggle to make a living

The New York Times | Sep 24, 2008

NFL players are lionized every Sunday for giving their bodies to the sport. Now, some retired players are planning to literally give their brains to a new center at Boston University's School of Medicine devoted to studying the long-term effects of concussion.

The New York Times | Sep 15, 2008

Scientists have for the first time recorded individual brain cells in the act of summoning a spontaneous memory, revealing not only where a remembered experience is registered but also, in part, how the brain is able to recreate it. | Sep 15, 2008

With as many as 20% of combat soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan having experienced a traumatic brain injury and as many as 20% of veterans from the current Iraq war suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, the military has decided to train more psychiatric nurse practitioners.